Trip Report from CHI 2006
Holly Witteman, a first timer at CHI, offers her perspectives on CHI 2006
Perspectives on CHI 2006
- CHI Madness. Listening to most of the dayâ€™s presenters make a 45
second pitch for their talk was an informative and entertaining way to begin
each day. These sessions led me to attend some great presentations that I
might otherwise have missed.
- Opening Plenary Session: Scott Cook, Intuit: Creating â€œGame Changingâ€
Innovation. Scott Cook is an engaging speaker who presented a convincing
argument for his preferred methods of encouraging innovation, namely,
listening to customers and empowering employees.
- Panel: Institutionalizing HCI: What Do I-Schools Offer? The panel
presented a variety of views on the evolving place of I-Schools (schools of
information, informatics, information studies and information sciences) within
universities. For the academics at the conference, it was wonderful to have a
discussion about positioning HCI within academia.
- Paper: Why Phishing Works. Rachna Dhamija, Harvard; J. D. Tygar
and Marti Hearst, University of California, Berkeley. This paper opened the
Security papers session on Tuesday afternoon and provided some excellent
demonstrations of how users are fooled by phishers, as well as some commentary
about why they are fooled.
- Student Volunteer Program. Participating in this program was a
great way to meet other students in the CHI community and to defray the cost
of attending the conference.
- Conference Reception on Monday night with
performers from Cirque du Soleil, Job Fair on Tuesday night,
Hospitality Events on Wednesday night and Student Volunteer Party
on Thursday night. I was unable to attend any evening events, but heard from
other students and conference attendees that they were well worth attending.
- Panel: Add a Dash of Interface: Taking Mash-Ups to
the Next Level. This Wednesday morning panel about consumer-friendly
mash-ups was a popular session and was the topic of much discussion for the
rest of the day.
- The $200 muffin. Some students had a small bake sale during the conference to help fund their conference and travel fees. Gregory Abowd from Georgia Institute of Technology gave them a $200 cheque for a blueberry muffin.
- â€œDo you ever make phone calls in your closet? Teenage
girls do.â€ â€“ Girls, Technology and Privacy: Is My Mother Listening?
Wendy March, Intel; Constance Fleuriot, Featherhouse, UK.
- â€œEspecially when youâ€™re swinging for the fences, expect
no more than .500.â€ â€“ Scott Cook, Intuit, on celebrating, â€œlearning
- â€œThe role of a consultant is to make themselves
unnecessary.â€ â€“ Susan M. Dray, consultant, Dray and Associates.
- â€œSingle-tasking is so 1980â€™s.â€ â€“ Comment in slides from
Maxime Beland, Ubisoft, in Expert Design Critique: XBOX 360.
- â€œIntuition is often wrong and theoretical modeling can
help show this.â€ â€“ From the conclusions of Trackball Text Entry for People
With Motor Impairments. Jacob Wobbrock and Brad Myers, Carnegie Mellon
- â€œWe could build an anti-spoof browser, but we would have
to remove everything that makes the Internet rule so hard right now.â€ Mike
Beltzner, Mozilla, in discussion following Why Phishing Works.
- â€œUsability testing is the most popular usability method
because it allows the usability professional to hide behind the participants.â€
â€“ Joe Dumas, Bentley College, in Panel: Does Think Aloud Work? How
Do We Know?
- CogTool. Bonnie John spent some time with the
student volunteers demonstrating a tool that aims to predict how a skilled
user might interact with a system.
- Peekaboom. Playing this â€œgame with a purposeâ€ provides valuable data to HCI researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. http://www.peekaboom.org/